GlobeMed Ugly Sweater Sale: A Review


On November 17-20 the GlobeMed Campaigns Team put on the annual Sweater Sale. Here is Jason Chen, Co-President of Campaigns, on the fundraiser in review.

I believe that the annual fall ugly sweater sale is consistently our most successful fundraiser. We large amount of traffic we get brings in a lot of money as well as spreads awareness about GlobeMed and what we do. The sweater sale this year was over the course of four days in the Norris student center.

We put a lot of time into planning the sweater sale. We made many trips to local stores throughout the Chicagoland area to find as many ugly sweaters as possible. All of the promotion materials were constructed by the amazing Communications Team to help spread the word throughout campus via Facebook and flyering. It was a huge success and we sold over 230 sweaters, bringing in almost $4000 in profits.

All of our events, including the sweater sale, raise money to support the Adonai Childhood Development Centre, which is an orphanage in rural Namugoga, Uganda. Our incredible fundraising efforts this year have been going towards supporting a health clinic that opened up for the Namugoga community last year. The work that we do to raise money for the Adonai center makes a huge difference and truly goes a long way in helping to improve the health of the those in need at the Adonai center and in the surrounding community.

The sweater sale is about much more than just the number of sales we make; for every product sold, it is a chance for people to learn about GlobeMed, Adonai and all of the amazing work our partnership does.

Reconstructing Islam on Campus

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By Elizabeth Kim

Religion is not the first thing that comes to mind in college classrooms, let alone the field of global health. Mention of religion in the media and in the current presidential elections have forced it to have a negative connotation. However, discussion of different religious beliefs is necessary for students of all disciplines, especially those pursuing health-related careers, in order to understand how religion can play a role in the suffering as well as the celebration of cultures around the world. In short, religion is a significant factor underlying how individuals and communities access and practice health. With this in mind, GlobeMed at Northwestern discussed Islamophobia in a chapter meeting earlier this month.

One GlobeMed member, Sarah Khan, is taking a step further and actively working to educate the campus community on Islam and how it relates to students today. Khan is a sophomore studying pre-med and is the Treasurer of Muslim-cultural Students Association (McSA), the group hosting Discover Islam Week from Feb 15 to 19 at Northwestern University. She answered a few questions about what DIW is, and how it relates to her and other college students.

What is Discover Islam Week (DIW)?

McSA’s annual Discover Islam Week (DIW) aims to raise awareness about both Islam and the Muslim community at Northwestern during Winter Quarter. During DIW, our organization puts on firesides, speaker events, and workshops aimed at educating the Northwestern community about Islamic faith and culture. Historically, these events have revolved around areas such as spirituality, current affairs, and community building. The week’s events really bring the Muslim community on campus together to advocate and spread Islamic awareness.

Why did you get involved in DIW?

I chose to get involved with this organization and DIW to spread the most knowledge and understanding of Islam I can to those around me. McSA has given me a family to lean back on, during a time where my beliefs and values are constantly questioned. The community it provides for Muslims on campus is truly remarkable and welcoming to all who wish to learn and participate. At a time when Muslims are being openly discriminated against in the news, in politics, in schools, and in the media – it is very necessary for us, and our relative academic institutions, to step up and advocate peace, unity and inclusion.

What do you hope students get out of the DIW events, whether they are Muslim or not?

I really hope students begin to disassociate the words “Muslim”, “Islam”, and “Arab” with the negative connotations and images the media and politics have been framing. I hope students get the opportunity to not just listen to what Islam is, but understand and learn from similarities and differences. Most importantly, I hope students realize that the Muslims who are fleeing war torn countries are in fact families. They are fathers, mothers, and children; just like you and me. The further dehumanization of Muslims around the world can lead to the downfall of standards of civilized society. We hope that McSA’s small acts of advocacy can help in connecting the hearts and minds of some Americans to those who are being persecuted, but it also relies on the average student to make a choice to come to events to learn and be challenged, or to stay complacent.

How does DIW relate to your involvement in GlobeMed or your health-oriented career?

Personally, I feel compelled to lead a health-orientated career because of my faith. Providing equitable healthcare to the impoverished and underprivileged communities in need aligns closely to the basic tenets of my Islamic values. The empathetic and compassionate foundations of Islam are commonly ignored, and DIW aims to promote these values to the larger Northwestern body. Being a part of GlobeMed, I am actively thinking about the populations in need of service and what we, as university students, can do.


Check out some of the events as part of Discover Islam Week:

GlobeMed: An Engineering Perspective


By John Galyas

Before I stepped foot on campus to begin my freshman year at Northwestern, I knew I wanted to join GlobeMed. I had spent the last few weeks of the long summer before my freshman year Googling anything and everything about Northwestern in an admittedly overeager and futile attempt at preparing for the transition to college life. However, it was during these browsing sessions that I first discovered GlobeMed. At that point in my life, I knew I had a vague interest in global health and that as an engineering student, I wouldn’t have room to take many extra global health classes outside of the rigid engineering curriculum.

During my first few weeks on campus, I prioritized joining GlobeMed over the hundreds of other student groups because of the opportunities it provided to engage with global health. Since then, I’ve learned more than I possibly could have imagined as that overeager freshman. My experience in GlobeMed has had a profound impact on my college experience, and it’s an experience I’m incredibly thankful to have had over the last four years. While I’ve certainly learned a great deal from our weekly chapter discussions on global health, I think what has impacted me the most during my time in GlobeMed is the partnership model. As natural as it may seem to focus on sustainability and collaboration in development work, it is unfortunately not always the norm. This has only become more evident to me through my experiences as an engineering student.

At its core, engineering is simply problem solving, but often with an element of technical design. Engineering “culture” doesn’t always prioritize social consciousness and collaboration, particularly in situations related to international development. However, the most elegant and effective solutions to engineering problems frequently incorporate some element of social design. It is crucial to understand how the social world will interact with and utilize technology in order to formulate and design the best possible solution to the problem. Through my time in GlobeMed, I’ve learned the importance of cultural and contextual awareness when analyzing a problem via the partnership model, as well as the always engaging weekly discussions held during our chapter meetings.

The partnership model is focused on building sustainable relationships and solutions – doing so requires keen communication and social awareness. My involvement in GlobeMed has allowed me to gain intimate familiarity with the partnership model and it has provided me with a unique perspective in my engineering training – a perspective that I believe will make me a more effective engineer as I graduate and launch my professional career. At the end of the day, what is most important to me is that my work will directly improve the lives of people everywhere. I firmly believe that GlobeMed has provided me the perspective required to utilize my technical skills in order to develop the best solutions to maximize the effectiveness and impact of my work.

World Day of Social Justice 2016


“Instead of treating social justice issues as trendy news topics or points of discussion, we should acknowledge that all social justice issues deserve to be recognized and fought for.”

My name’s Camille Cooley. I’m a sophomore in SESP studying HDPS (Human Development and Psychological Services), and I’m working as the mentor for the World Day of Social Justice committee this year! Each year a GlobeMed committee plans the World Day of Social Justice, a daylong event that will take place this year on February 23rd at the Norris Student Center. The World Day of Social Justice, or more affectionately known as WDSJ, aims to promote awareness and efforts regarding issues such as poverty, exclusion, unemployment, and all other social justice issues that plague both international communities and local ones.

I worked on the WDSJ last year and found the entire process really eye-opening. Planning the event and discussing what we wanted to achieve was an opportunity for me to explore broader social justice issues on a global and campus wide scale, while becoming intimately involved with an event that would help bring awareness to our topic. I really wanted to help out this year because I knew it would be a special opportunity to foster more dialogue, give my team and I a chance to be creative, and plan a day that brings an issue we care about to light.

Grace Jing, Kathleen Clark, and Aysha Salter-Volz are the spectacular people I’m working with this year. They have come up with some pretty amazing ideas that we’re still parsing through. However, something important that we’ve been discussing recently is that social justice issues don’t just end when the media stops paying attention to them. It is always important to focus on what effects people’s lives, despite the fact that issues constantly fall off the radar when the media loses interest in telling their stories. Instead of treating social justice issues as trendy news topics or points of discussion, we should acknowledge that all social justice issues deserve to be recognized and fought for. We can move forward in making change by keeping productive dialogue open, staying educated, and bringing awareness to local and international issues through events like the WDSJ.

I am so excited for this year’s World Day of Social Justice. If you’d like to learn more or help contribute, you can contact me at